Senior Mechanical Engineer

Thomas D. Van Liew, P.E., C.E.M., G.B.E.

P.O. Box 19453, Portland, Oregon  97280

Cell (971) 300-2084, Email:


B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Idaho

M.S. Engineering Management/Mechanical Engineering, Portland State University/University of Idaho


Professional Engineer, P.E., Certified Energy Manager, C.E.M., Green Building Engineer, G.B.E., ASHRAE



Project and Engineering Management                                                   Energy Analysis and Energy Modeling

Mechanical and Electrical Engineering                                                     Data Logging, M&V, and RCx Studies

HVAC and Refrigeration Systems                                                              Mentoring/Training Less Experienced Staff

Renewable Energy Systems                                                                        Green Building Design and Sustainability


Abacus Resource Management Company/Willdan Energy Services, Beaverton, Oregon, 10/2015–6/2016

Key responsibilities: Performed project management tasks related to commercial and industrial energy studies. Developed, scheduled and performed ASHRAE grade energy assessments. Identified energy consumption characteristics to determine applicable energy savings and alternatives. Analyzed building blueprints and control sequence of operations of HVAC equipment. Determined cost alternatives for equipment related to the building envelope, HVAC systems, lighting, motors, pumps, direct digital control (DDC) systems and industrial processes. Performed detailed engineering calculations using energy models, bin calculation methods and data logging equipment. Presented and recommended project findings to clients and stakeholders.


Energy Project Development Manager, Adapt Engineering, Portland, Oregon, 7/2011–10/2015

Key responsibilities: Conducted project management tasks and supervised engineers on engineering projects. Developed over $300,000 in building efficiency projects through preparation of winning proposals. Administered contracts with clients, utilities, contractors, and other entities. Performed on-site building energy assessments to collect data and analyze building systems. Conducted building reviews through a variety of engineering, economic, and statistical methods to qualify, quantify, to justify building improvements including evaluation of building codes, ASHRAE guidelines, and high performance equipment alternatives. Conducted data logging and metering and verification (M&V) studies to Analyze utility data and energy incentives. Educated and trained less-experienced staff. Between 2013 and 2015 I also worked at Plaid Pantry (part time) as a Retail Sales Consultant and conducted Independent Energy Services for Charity and Church Organizations

Senior Associate, Cadmus, Portland, Oregon, 11/2008–7/2011

Key responsibilities: Conducted project management asks related to utility contracts. Developed new clients and revenue streams through energy conservation projects with ODOE, NASA, Energy Trust or Oregon and EPA Energy Star. Supervised engineering staff. Conducted technical reviews, evaluations, and engineering studies related to demand-side management (DSM) and energy-efficiency programs utilizing EQUEST/DOE2, EZSIM, and other energy analysis spreadsheets and software.

Mechanical Engineer IV, State of Hawaii, Energy Office, Honolulu, HI, 1/2007–9/2008

Key responsibilities: Performed project management tasks related to State of Hawaii retro-commissioning (RCX) program and educated State departments on energy efficiency. Certified six state facilities for the EPA Energy Star Program. Administered contracts with consultants, contractors, and suppliers. Conducted technical reviews for applicability to the LEED program and promoted renewable energy technologies.  

Resource Efficiency Manager, Hickam Air Force Base, Honolulu, HI, 9/2004–12/2007

Key responsibilities: Conducted technical studies engineering analysis to conserve electrical energy, fossil fuel, water, and other resources. Acquired energy rebates in excess of $200,000 associated with energy-efficient equipment and demand reduction programs. Acquired $35,000 in federal grants through FEMP program to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies for all food service facilities at Hickam AFB.  Provided technical data for planning and analyses for civilian, military, and facility managers on technical studies and engineering analysis. Reviewed and critiqued ESPC contracts and calculations for the Hickam AFB.

Customized Program Manager, Hawaiian Electric, Honolulu, HI, 8/1999–9/2004

Key responsibilities: Conducted technical studies, evaluation, planning, and engineering support for customer efficiency programs. Analyzed bids, contracts, and project alternatives and then provided recommendations.  Administered contracts with consultants, contractors, and suppliers associated with customer efficiency programs. Developed economic analysis of building alternatives for customers, architects, and engineers using engineering models, databases, and market analysis. Coordinated and assigned customized projects to DSM staff and provided oversight, direction, and technical support.  Conducted on-site visits. Developed and coordinated customer market and technical data for planning.

Resource Conservation Manager, University of Idaho , Moscow, Idaho, 5/1997–91999

Key responsibilities: Developed strategic plans, goals, and five-year energy conservation forecasts. Developed, implemented, and marketed energy conservation programs to employees, students and faculty. Supervised staff to meet program goals and promote energy conservation.  Analyzed and completed over 26 projects on over one million square feet, resulting in energy savings of 1.4 million kWh per year. Coordinated energy conservation through utility personnel, architects, engineering consultants, contractors, and trade allies.

Economic Analyst II, Idaho Power Company, Boise, Idaho 11/1992-7/1996

Key responsibilities: Estimated and forecasted energy conservation potential through a variety of economic, statistical, and engineering methods. Calculated avoided costs to quantify, schedule, and value energy conservation. Provided forecasts and DSM potential for Resource Conservation Management and Integrated Resource Plans.

Account Manager, PacifiCorp Electric Operations, Portland, Oregon, 9/1988–10/1992

Key responsibilities: Marketed engineering studies to customers, architects, engineers, and governmental agencies on new construction and renovation projects of mechanical and electrical energy systems. Met and exceeded completive load growth and energy conservation goals. Developed and prioritized sales strategies for presentation and recommendation to customers. Provided technical support to other account managers and to service and installation engineers, and provided frontline assistance to major customers. Marketed electric technology information to major developers, property owners, design consultants, and major customers.

Engineer II, Portland General Electric, Portland, Oregon, 6/1981–8/1988

Electrical Engineer II - Designed electrical facilities, conductor upgrades, pole replacements, and street lighting systems. Calculated fault currents, transformer loadings, guy/anchor tensions, and voltage drops. Monitored feeders to ensure balanced loads and minimize utility disruptions of service. Monitored substation loads and performed shutdowns of electrical facilities to perform construction work. Coordinated and managed project crews to ensure efficient and correct completion of jobs.

Energy Engineer II - Conducted energy audits and performed energy assessment studies using computer energy simulation and billing analysis programs. Assisted technical staff on DSM and energy conservation potential studies. Designed and implemented training programs on energy efficiency to support company goals and community involvement.



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  • Location: Portland, OR , 97223

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